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Preview: Black Panther: World of Wakanda #4

Black Panther: World of Wakanda #4

(W) Ta-Nehisi Coates, Roxane Gay (A) Alitha Martinez (CA) Afua Richardson
Rated T
In Shops: Feb 15, 2017
SRP: $3.99

“DAWN OF THE MIDNIGHT ANGELS” CONTINUES!

With their king shamed and their queen dead, Ayo and Aneka take justice into their own hands…. Learn the secrets behind the events that led into the 2016 sales smash BLACK PANTHER #1!

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Roxane Gay Pulls Her Book from Simon & Schuster Due to Milo Deal

roxane-gayAuthor, professor, editor Roxane Gay has announced that she is pulling her next book from Simon & Schuster in response to the publisher’s decision to publish a book by alt-right leader/figurehead Milo Yiannopoulos.

The book, How to Be Heard was to be published in March 2018 by TED Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. The controversy began when the publisher announced it would publish a book by Yiannopoulos with a $250,000 advance. He’s a high-profile leader of the alt-right and has organized harassment campaigns against those he disagrees with for the lulz. He rose to prominence through GamerGate, the online troll group mainly focused on video games, when he latched onto their cause.

On Monday the CEO of the publisher sent a letter to authors that the upcoming Yiannopoulos book would not contain hate speech (though one wonders how much will be plagiarized).

Gay said she wasn’t interested in doing business with a publisher that would give Milo a platform.

Though TED Books and Threshold are vastly different imprints, they both reside within Simon & Schuster and so I guess I’m putting my money where my mouth is. And to be clear, this isn’t about censorship. Milo has every right to say what he wants to say, however distasteful I and many others find it to be. He doesn’t have a right to have a book published by a major publisher but he has, in some bizarre twist of fate, been afforded that privilege. So be it. I’m not interested in doing business with a publisher willing to grant him that privilege. I am also fortunate enough to be in a position to make this decision. I recognize that other writers aren’t and understand that completely.

You can read her full statement at Buzzfeed.

The issue with Simon & Schuster extends to the comic book industry for many reasons, just one of which is the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s signing onto a letter defending the book publisher and decrying what they see as censorship.

Gay herself is a comic book writer herself and currently writes Black Panther: World of Wakanda published by Marvel Comics. Marvel’s CEO Ike Perlmutter is a Trump supporter and will be involved in some compacity with the administration. It’s unknown if her boss’ stance there will impact her further involvement with the comic publisher.

Preview: Black Panther: World of Wakanda #3

Black Panther: World of Wakanda #3

(W) Ta-Nehisi Coates, Roxane Gay (A) Alitha Martinez (CA) Afua Richardson
Rated T
In Shops: Jan 18, 2017
SRP: $3.99

DORA MILAJE NO MORE!

T’Challa betrays all of Wakanda, forcing Ayo and Aneka to make the biggest decision of their lives…

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Preview: Black Panther: World of Wakanda #2

Black Panther: World of Wakanda #2

(W) Ta-Nehisi Coates, Roxane Gay (A) Alitha Martinez (CA) Afua Richardson
Rated T
In Shops: Dec 21, 2016
SRP: $3.99

TRAINING DAY!

Ayo and Aneka are given their first assignments as Dora Milaje: protect Queen Shuri at all costs! Meanwhile, T’Challa the former king lies with bedfellows so dark, disgrace is inevitable. See a major plot point from Hickman’s NEW AVENGERS run from a completely new point of view: one that changes everything…

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Around the Tubes

wwe_then_now_forever_d_intermix_2_rock_pressIt’s new comic book day! What’s everyone excited for? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below!

While you wait for the stores to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

The Comichron – Primer: North American and UK/Europe comics sales, and why the charts keep them separate – Some really good info here.

Comics Alliance – Deadpool’s Marvel Variant Figure Looks Slick in Square Enix’s Style – This looks great.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Black Panther: World of Wakanda #1

Talking Comics – Doom Patrol #3

The Beat – Hot or Not

Talking Comics – WWE: Then. Now. Forever. #1

Review: Black Panther World of Wakanda #1

black_panther__world_of_wakandaWriter Roxane Gay spins a Wakandan love story – its tenderness matched only by its brutality. You know them now as The Midnight Angels, but in this story they are just Ayo and Aneka, young women recruited to become Dora Milaje, an elite task force trained to protect the crown at all costs. What happens when your nation needs your hearts and minds, but you already gave them to each other? Illustrated by industry veteran Alitha E. Martinez.

And in a special backup story, acclaimed poet Yona Harvey explores the true origins of The People’s mysterious leader Zenzi. Black Panther thinks he knows who Zenzi is and how she got her powers, but he only knows part of the story… Illustrated by rising star Afua Richardson.

My criticism of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Black Panther run is that it’s a bit too dense at times and doesn’t stand up enough in single issues. You tend to need to know the world of Black Panther to really enjoy it and as a whole his series would play better as a trade than single issues. So, I was curious to go into this new series spinning out of it to see what it’d be like.

Split into two stories the first issue takes place before Black Panther #1 and also it’d seem before Atlantis’ attack on Wakanda. The issue at first is about the Dora Milaje and the growing love that we come into in Coates’ story. It’s a prequel straight up, but you don’t need to be reading one to enjoy the other. And that’s something that really stands out to me about Gay’s story, how self-contained it is. Instead of diving deep into the world of Wakanda, the story is very much an action-romance focused on a growing relationship and new recruits Ayo and Aneka. By focusing on all of that, the story becomes much more relatable as the issue progresses and it turns into a love story. And that’s what it is so far, a love story, and one that’s very interesting to see progress.

Like Coates though, Gay has some issues with dialogue with clunky thought bubbles and some stilted speach that doesn’t flow all that well. I’m sure as we see the issue progresses things will improve, but for me it was noticeable and hampered that part of the issue.

Alitha E. Martinez‘s art is pretty solid. It mimics Brian Stelfreeze’s style enough that the comic really feels like a “sister” comic. There’s some great use of panels and the framing of the various scenes. I’m not the biggest fan of Rachelle Rosenberg‘s coloring (that’s just a personal taste), but the use of shadows is really interesting.

The second half of the comic is written by Yona Harvey (with help from Ta-Nehisi Coates) with art by Afua Richardson and I actually like this part of the comic more than the first half. It focuses on Zenzi and the flow of the story and especially the dialogue are much smoother. There’s absolutely a noticeable difference between the first half and this. It’s a story that stands out and would stand out in an anthology. The story itself is interesting and Richardson’s art with Tamra Bonvillain‘s colors are fantastic. I think Richardson especially does some impressive layouts with callouts in interesting ways. For instance a head is present without the use of a formal panel to box it in. It emphasizes the facial emotion in the scene.

There’s also some cool extras, especially a map to help individuals figure out where things are at in the nation of Wakanda. It all comes together, including intro pages, to create a package of a comic that immerses you in a world from start to finish.

The first issue has its problems, but it’s well worth checking out for what feels like an amitious project and release. While I’m a bit mixed on the first issue, I can’t wait to see what comes next.

Story: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Roxane Gay, Yona Harvey
Art: Alitha Martinez, Afua Richardson
Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Black Panther: World of Wakanda #1

Black Panther: World of Wakanda #1

(W) Ta-Nehisi Coates, Roxane Gay, Yona Harvey (A) Alitha Martinez (A/CA) Afua Richardson
Rated T
In Shops: Nov 09, 2016
SRP: $4.99

“YOU DESERVED SO MUCH MORE, LITTLE FLOWER. YOU DESERVED A WAKANDA THAT CHERISHED YOU.”

Writer ROXANE GAY (Bad Feminst, Hunger) spins a Wakandan love story – its tenderness matched only by its brutality. You know them now as The Midnight Angels, but in this story they are just Ayo and Aneka, young women recruited to become Dora Milaje, an elite task force trained to protect the crown at all costs. What happens when your nation needs your hearts and minds, but you already gave them to each other? Illustrated by industry veteran ALITHA E. MARTINEZ (Iron Man, Black Panther).

And in a special backup story, acclaimed poet YONA HARVEY (Hemming the Water) explores the true origins of The People’s mysterious leader Zenzi. Black Panther thinks he knows who Zenzi is and how she got her powers, but he only knows part of the story… Illustrated by rising star AFUA RICHARDSON (Genius).

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Black Panther: World of Wakanda #1 Brings New Stories & New Voices to the Marvel Universe!

Wakanda, the African country and home of the Black Panther, is the most sophisticated and technologically advanced nation on Earth. Its influence reaches across all of the Marvel Universe, and today Marvel Comics is proud to present an all-new series devoted to the exploring the people of this fascinating locale. Spinning directly out of the best-selling Black Panther by Ta-Nehisi Coates & Brian Stelfreeze comes your first look at the highly anticipated Black Panther: World of Wakanda #1!

Writer Roxane Gay makes her Marvel Comics debut alongside Ta-Nehisi Coates and artist Alitha E. Martinez to spin a Wakandan love story – its tenderness matched only by its brutality. You know them now as The Midnight Angels, but before that they were just Ayo and Aneka, young women recruited to join the Dora Milaje – an elite task force trained to protect the crown. Even if it means their lives. What happens when your nation needs your hearts and minds, but you’ve already given them to each other?

Additionally, the first issue of Black Panther: World of Wakanda will feature a 10-page backup story from acclaimed poet Yona Harvey and Coates with artist Afua Richardson that explores the origin of Zenzi, the mysterious leader of The People, the group currently causing so much unrest in Wakanda. T’Challa thinks he knows who Zenzi is and how she got her powers, but he only knows part of the story.

This November, one of the most sophisticated and advanced civilizations on Earth expands in bold new directions. Be there as Gay, Harvey, Martinez, Richardson and Coates bring you a Marvel Universe debut on November 9th!

BLACK PANTHER: WORLD OF WAKANDA #1 (SEP160917)
Written by ROXANE GAY, YONA HARVEY, and TA-NEHISI COATES
Art by ALITHA E. MARTINEZ and AFUA RICHARDSON
Cover by AFUA RICHARDSON
Variant Covers by BRIAN STELFREEZE (SEP160918) and SKOTTIE YOUNG (SEP160919)
Black Panther 50th Anniversary Variant by NATACHA BUSTOS (SEP160921)
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (SEP160922)
Hip-Hop Variant by ALITHA E. MARTINEZ (SEP160920)
Divided We Stand Variant by KHOI PHAM (SEP160923)
Blank Variant Also Available (SEP160924)
FOC – 10/17/16, On-Sale – 11/09/16

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SDCC 2016: Black Panther: World of Wakanda by Roxane Gay, Yona Harvey, and Ta-Nehisi Coates

Wakanda, the African country and home of the Black Panther, is the most sophisticated and technologically advanced nation on Earth. Its influence reaches across all of the Marvel Universe, and at San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel Comics announced an all-new ongoing series devoted to the exploring the people of this fascinating locale with Black Panther: World of Wakanda!

The first arc, co-written by Roxane Gay and the best-selling Black Panther series writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, with artwork by Alitha E. Martinez, will focus on Ayo and Aneka, two members of the Dora Milaje, Black Panther’s elite squad of female bodyguards.

As Black Panther: World of Wakanda continues, each arc will focus on characters from Wakanda, and the surrounding nations, creating a key companion title to Coates’ current Black Panther series.

Additionally, the first issue of Black Panther: World of Wakanda will feature a 10-page backup story co-written by Yona Harvey and Coates with artwork by Afua Richardson. This story will focus on Zenzi, the mysterious and powerful co-leader of The People, the rebel group that is responsible for much of the strife and chaos seen in the current Black Panther series.

On the edge of revolution, the nation of Wakanda stands at a crossroad, defended and challenged by those closest to its heart. Revolution has arrived and change is coming this November!

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